Keeping balanced with Restorative

One of my favorite yoga teachers, Vickie, is teaching a Fall Restorative Series. It was for three Sundays. One in September, one in October and the third one was today.

After today’s workshop I felt calm and relaxed. I’m ready for this week and the holiday season.

October’s Sunday workshop was called Not for Women Only: A sequence for balancing hormones. Appropriate for all life stages (PMS, peri-menopause, menopause and even if you’re a guy). Only one brave guy attended the workshop with about 30 women.

My friend Monica has been attending the Restorative series with me. I am happy to share this with her as she is a new yogini.

Before the actual (hormone) asana Restorative practice began Vickie gave us a little background on hormones.

If we have unbalanced hormones that means our nervous system is also unbalanced.

Our adrenals feed the fight or flight. The  adrenals activate the nervous system, which is programmed to keep us safe. (Think back to the days when cavewomen and men were running from lions.) When we are under acute stress our body protects us (aka adrenaline).

The sympathetic nervous system secretes cortisol, which is a stress hormone.

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Yawn … so sleepy

I eat fairly healthy and exercise regularly. I drink lots of water.

But I feel tried most of the time. I don’t sleep well.

I fall asleep just fine. Usually I zonk out on the couch while watching TV. But I wake up during the night. Sometimes just once or twice. Sometimes 5-6 times a night. Sometimes I fall asleep quickly. Other times I feel like I am awake for hours. I try to not look at the clock.

There are times when The Husband will ask how I slept. Then he tells me how he slept great. I usually know this as I was watching him sleep … sometimes contemplating his murder. (Just kidding about that last part.)

So many other women I know don’t sleep well either. Why do women have such a hard time sleeping?

The Sleep Doctor says, women face particular challenges to sleep throughout their lives. Research shows they are more likely than men to experience difficulty sleeping.

The above-linked post also says this can have to do with hormones, menopause and peri-menopause and raising children.

In the article titled, Why women have trouble sleeping and strategies to sleep better, it says women’s tireless … Continue reading